Roy Alexander Weise directed Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronke Adekoluejo in a revival of Katori Hall’s play, set in a hotel on the eve of Martin Luther King’s assassination at the Young Vic in 2016. Now the co-artistic director of the Royal Exchange in Manchester, Weise and the cast are reunited for a reading streamed on the Exchange’s YouTube channel. It's a play in which King encounters a hotel maid on the last night of his life. The black American playwright Katori Hall, who wrote the brilliant Our Lady of Kibeho and the Tina Turner musical, was raised in Memphis, close to where King was shot. Her playful two-hander asks whether, in the decades following the assassination of King black Americans really have reached the mountaintop, or merely got stuck halfway up?
In 2016 Roy Alexander Weise, now Joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, directed Katori Hall’s powerful play THE MOUNTAINTOP at the Young Vic. Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement this Olivier Award-Winning play is an intimate fictional look at the eve of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now in June 2020, to bring communities together through incisive storytelling and because BlackLivesMatter, Roy Alexander Weise, in partnership with Desara Productions and the Royal Exchange Theatre, reunites Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo for a new digital reading of this important play to raise funds to support the legal costs incurred by those incarcerated whilst protesting. THE MOUNTAINTOP will be streamed for free on the Royal Exchange’s YouTube channel on Wednesday 10 June at 7.30pm and will be available until Monday 15 June.